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Creche Aggression – Ansett Plane Flies Again – Bert Sutcliffe Dies – Southern Drought – Aids – Boat People – Taranaki - $12 Million Lotto Weekend

CRECHE AGGRESSION: A study in America has discovered that the more time people have been in pre-school care the more they are aggressive later in their life. The study says 17% of kids who spend more than 30 hours in care display behavioural problems compared to 6% of those who spend just 10 hours in care. NZ educationalists say that the studies do not apply in NZ because of the strict curriculum. However they do still have problems with tricycles.

ANSETT PLANE FLIES AGAIN: One of Ansett’s grounded Boeing 767 air planes is back in the air again following a Civil Aviation Safety Authority inquiry.

BERT SUTCLIFFE DIES: Cricketer Bert Sutcliffe died today aged 77. New Zealand’s Bradman, he played in 42 tests scoring 2727 runs. Sutcliffe’s family were morning a man who was more than a cricketer. He was also a family man. Sutcliffe was NZ’s first sportsman of the year in 1949. NZ Cricket created a medal in his honour.

SOUTHERN DROUGHT: The drought on the East Coast of the South Island crept south today into Otago. In South Canterbury wells are drying up and well diggers are having to go deeper. Farmers have been banned from taking water from 55 rivers. Further south the Shag river has dried up near Palmerston. The water level in the Opua Dam is six metres below where it should be. Some rain is on its way, but not nearly enough.

AIDS: International drug companies have dropped a lawsuit in South Africa trying to stop the sale of generic Aids medication. Drugs may soon be 95% cheaper in Africa as a result.

BOAT PEOPLE: A boat carrying Sri-Lankan boat people is being searched for off Australia’s West Coast. Several people were dumped off the boat and found in North Western Australia.

TARANAKI: There has been an armed offenders squad alert in the Taranaki.

$12 MILLION LOTTO WEEKEND: NZ’s largest ever lottery prize is up for offer this weekend. Lotto is offering $4 million for first division and a $8 million power ball jackpot. A trail of 12 million one dollar coins would stretch from Christchurch to Greymouth.

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